The Philippines - The Islands of Coron, Chapter One

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"The stunning islands of Coron will take your breath away."    

「  The Islands of Coron, The Philippines  」

C H A P T E R   O N E


Coron, The Philippines
Thursday, 13 September 2018

A short one-hour flight from Manila (the capital city of The Philippines) is the stunning island chain north of Palawan, the area of which goes by the name of Coron. Even the flight here was out of this world, with the several islands in plain view directly beneath, lost in the vastness of the blue that seemed to go on for miles. I was absolutely shattered from the 12-hour flight between London and Manila last night so I had originally planned to sleep on the plane to Coron, but was kept awake by the sheer beauty that beheld me outside – I couldn’t look away. Eventually we arrived over the main island of Busuanga, the rolling hills disappearing into the distance. The plane began to shake as it descended, finally landing violently onto the simple island airstrip. Beaming and excited, I was finally here, on the island of Busuanga and was very ready to explore.

One of the islands within the Coron region

A van took me from Busuanga airport to the sleepy town of Coron, which was the main hub of the island and where the island trips were taken from. After a short 30 minute ride from the airport, I finally arrived at one of the coolest hostels I’ve stayed – Hop Hostel! It was awesome for several reasons:

  1. Free shots at 7pm and happy hour between 7pm-10pm
  2. Free dinner in the evenings
  3. Friendly, helpful and can help organise whatever you need!
  4. Mini cinema room, rooftop bar and comfortable beds
  5. But last and certainly not least this. Stunning. Magnificent. Panoramic. View.

In fact, reason number five alone is the reason that this hostel ranks so highly in my top hostels ever visited. I mean look at this view... And for a small cost of 10$ for a fan room, how could you ever say no to this?

Sunset over Coron Bay, viewed from the terrace of Hop Hostel

And this is where I met some new friends from the hostel, on top of this rooftop bar. In fact, my colleague Anthony was here traveling around Asia and he happened to be in Coron at the exact same time as me – what a coincidence! So that evening, we booked an island trip by boat for the next morning for $25, got back to the hostel, and drank/talked/laughed the night away with the rest of our hostel-mates.

One of the boat crew looking out into the horizon towards CYC Island.

The next morning was a relatively early start as we were picked up at 8:30am. Along with a few others from the hostel, we were taken to the docks of Coron where a boat was waiting for us. But there was one catch – the boat that was ours was tethered to the back of a line of about four other boats! So with our bags in tow, we crawled through each boat to the end before jumping onto the next one, eventually making it to the our boat with thankfully no one falling in! The island trip was to last the whole day, between 9am to 6pm including lunch and snorkels/flippers. So for $25 this was an absolute steal! After putting on our lifejackets, the captain started up the rudimentary engine and off we went to the first island – CYC Island.

CYC Island beach from the ground...

The “CYC” in CYC Island stands for Coron Youth Club, due to the fact that a lot of the youths take to the island by boat to party and have barbecues away from the prying eyes of adults and police. Despite this fact, by day the island is gorgeous to look at, surrounded by mangroves and with beautiful white sand to one side of the island. This island only measured about 400m across, so was surrounded by a beautiful shimmering blue. A few boats were moored along the beach, letting tourists off to explore the small beach. So after a few minutes snorkelling, I decided this was the best time to take my drone out for a spin to see how beautiful this island really is from the sky.

It. Was. Out of this world.

A shimmering light blue, encompassing golden sands and fertile greens of the tree canopies, swaying in the wind, in rhythm with the gentle rocking of the boats moored against the beach. This view was to die for.

…and the same island from the sky thanks to the drone

F I N A L  P H O T O G R A P H S
The Islands of Coron, The Philippines


D E T A I L S
🌏 | Coron, The Philippines
📷 | Samsung S8 and DJI Drone
🎨 | Lightroom Mobile edits used


Over the next few weeks I'll be trekking through The Philippines and I'll be sharing with you my stories, emotions, advice and tips about this wonderful place. I will be doing this while sharing my photographs with all of you too. I sincerely hope this inspires you to go out there and travel!

Please do follow if you want to keep up with my journey through this country <3

Any upvotes or reblogs are hugely appreciated! Much love, everybody.


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This is a beautiful, a slice of tropical paradise. Drone photography is awesome.

Looks and sounds absolutely stunning! can't wait for my turn. I may be being extremely forward/adventurous but-and if it is so would be a 1 in a billion coincidence- I have a cousin in Canada (originally from South Africa-Greenside and then Tongaat) by the name of Anthony who also apparently has been stomping around that paradisicial part of the world for his oil company employer. Should you happen to mention this to him, tell him that this is his cousin who would knows him as the middle brother of Mario and Roberto. His sisters Lisetta and Francis. I have the siblings Ralph, Charmaine, Glenn, and Paul. If it is so, then please give him my bestest regards and say to him, "Steem Power to you too Cuzzy!" And, when in S.A. again, come and see me in my paradise (Koesterfontein, Magaliesburg) and, love to the clan. Tetta, Frankie, Kiki, and Bapoo! I may be totally wrong in this wild notion but, fact is often still stranger than fiction!

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And I also want to seetheworld! Love your monika/handle/nom de plume/pseudonym Tony!

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Hahaha amazing story, it might well be the same Anthony! I'll ask him if he's ever been to South Africa though I doubt it! Thanks for the amusing story, it gave me a good chuckle!

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Thanks for responding seetheworld. I find so many these days who have lost-or never acquired in the first place-that common old-fashioned courtesy of responding where, other than two minutes of precious time, costs them nothing. You give me hope for the lost generation. (I may speaking out of turn? I am a 1960 model and am assuming that you are a much later model; if not, then please forgive me.) When you seesouthafrica, give me a post and I will show my little section of paradise here in Koesterfontein, Magaliesburg. (50/60 km west of Johannesburg) close to Maropeng-The Cradle of Mankind (sorry, humankind) Have an awesome seeing day!

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Absolutely no problem, the pleasure is mine. I try to respond to everyone if I can! A blog is so much more than a post, but also taking the time in interacting with each and every person that takes their time in writing a comment and pressing send. And no problem! I'm a 1992 model right here but still a whole lot of world to see and share. One of those places is indeed South Africa and I'd love to take up your offer, thanks very much for your kindness!! I'll let you know when I pass through South Africa, I'd love to see its beauty. All the best @rockyozz and thanks again.

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Most welcome. Just don't leave it too long. S.A. going through a kind of a metamorphosis and I'm not too sure how the new hybrid may turn out. (But, then again, the more that things change, the more they stay the same!)

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so beutifull images !

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Thanks so much!

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Rare color of stay here in Philippine for tour

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Indeed. Cheers!

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Awesome mate, love Coron! One of the most spectacular places on earth.

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It really is!!

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beautiful location and picture taking.@aryaan

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Thanks so much!

This island looks so great and spectacular! I think if I saw such beautiful landscapes I couldn't sleep too. 12 hours flight reminds me my flight from Moscow to Rio. But fortunately at that time I could sleep nearly 5 hours! Have a great time in Philippines!

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Indeed, the scenes were surreal. And damn how was Rio? Bet it was a whole world different from Moscow right?? And thanks so much!

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Yes it was Rio and not only it. First time I felt that it can be different world when came to Corcovado and the second time it happened with me when I saw Garganto del diablo waterfall. That was amazing trip. We crossed several countries including Brazil. And I'd like to return to those countries again at this time with my family!

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it,s great photography, i really like it

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Thanks so much!

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Loved the way you organized the pics on your posts with the cool and descriptive emojis

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Glad you liked the new format bro!

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Wow, those are some truly beautiful shots! Amazing what we get to see, now that the drone has been invented. Hope you enjoy your stay in the Philippines!

Bright Blessings!

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Thanks so much, truly appreciate your kind comments. So happy with this little thing, it's a wildly different perspective with the drone to be honest! Anyway glad you enjoyed the blog!

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Little-Big Amazing.. color of water is so cool..

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Cheers very much.

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Cheers very much.

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Wow!!! It looks awesome.
Very impressive photography. Feel like you have captured the whole beauty in your camera.
It looks like,your photos decorated with colors, that refresh the eyes.
This is one of the most beautiful photography or post I have ever seen or upvoted.
Thanks for sharing this post with us.
Keep-on sharing, Eagerly waiting for your next post.

soo beautiful

Nevermind the drinks, the view is AMAZING!!! (ok, I might do an alcohol-free free drink ;-) )
Thanks for sharing!

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Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by :D

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Beautiful island

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It is indeed 😊😊

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I saw a pretty picture. I'll give you a vote.

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Thanks!

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This post has received a 13.66 % upvote from @boomerang.

I have lived in the Philippines for the past 8years and haven't had the chance to travel yet, due to many various reasons. I do hope i get a chance to do so before i leave for good. Looking forward to ur future posts. I am in Cebu.

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Hope you get a chance to travel soon. There's a lot of magical places around you only a stone's throw away 😊 all the best!

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very nice pics ;) I just have to follow you!

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Welcome friend! Good to have you here.

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Epic drone shots, it looks so breathtaking. Man I wish I could be there!

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Epic drone shots, it
Looks so breathtaking. Man I
Wish I could be there!

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Ta very much!!

Incredible place! Your photos look so AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!

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Thanks so much! And you're welcome, happy to share with you guys 😊

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The photos looks great, the drone takes beautiful photos!!

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Thanks so much!

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The phillipines has to be the most magnificient place in this world,amazing piece

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It is indeed my favourite place in the world. Go if you ever get the chance!

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Your pictures are very beautiful to look at.Thank you for sharing with us.

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Thanks thanks!

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Awesome, truly a paradise!

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Thanks!

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it is awesome I love it

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Glad to hear!

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waw it's very nice photography

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Cheers!!

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Wow, amazing photos thank you for sharing, I was wondering what drone you used, was it a DJI drone. Thanks @zipp03

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Yep the DJI indeed!

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Thought so DJI make the best drones

What beautiful photos! Great post! Happy Steeming!

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Happy steeming to you too!

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Yes, really the Coron Islands are a spectacle, a magical beauty, full of mysteries and stories of the sinking of ships in the Second World War and is unique to practice diving. I congratulate you for your experience

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It really is. Sadly didn't get a chance to dive but next time I'm there for longer I will! We did see some wrecks from the waters surface though!

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hey i gave you an upvote dont forget to follow me for future upvotes & i always follow back

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Cheers.

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Wow...so beautiful

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Cheers so much!

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the best thing in the world is the nature :)

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Absolutely.

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Great shots. Love the way you layout your posts also. If you are heading to Cebu and more specifically Moalboal let me know as I have a dive shop here

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Really?? I'd love to come, I've been to Moalboal before for Kawasan but I'd soo go again. I'll give you a message if I head back that way!

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Wowwww I need to capture this!!

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yup its well worth it. Let me know if you are headed this way

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Will do mate, you'll be the first to know. Really appreciate it!

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Nice post sir... Love this..... From steemit malaysia sabah

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Hello Malaysia!

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I follow u sir

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Sweet thanks!

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Beautiful! beautiful colors! someday I would like to see places like that

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Thanks so much! Hope you get to soon too! 😊

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i have been to El Nido but have yet to visit Coron.. your pictures are awesome.. hoping to visit the island soon! all the best @seetheworld.sgp 😁👍🏻

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Thanks so much to you! Are you Filipina? How was El Nido? Hope you get the chance to visit Coron soon, it's glorious ❤️😊

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yes I am.. El Nido is breathtaking.. though there was a low pressure that time when we went there, we still got the chance to see the island the next day. People are friendly and hospitable so I recommend the place to all!😁👍🏻

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Glad you got to see the islands, it would've been a shame if you had to stay in the mainland 😶 beautiful right? And agreed, the people are always happy to help. Gosh I love this country! Glad to have you recommendation on here too 😊😊

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yes.. it is fun to explore different places and meeting great people! more power fellow adventurer!😆🎉

Beautiful it is.. upvote for this post

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Cheers :)

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Waww amazing

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Hehe thank youu

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Excellent publication is a beautiful place to visit.

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Thanks so much! It is indeed.

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Loved the pictures!

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Thanks so much! Glad you did :)

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Beautiful beautiful shots!! Great job, thanks for sharing!

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You're welcome, and thanks to you for stopping by!

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beautiful, nature is indeed and should be preserved

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Cheers. And agreed.

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Wow!, Impressive photos you got there my friend.
Without doubt, Palawan is a hidden gem in the Philippines our country.
But sadly over tourism and commercialism is gradually degrading that place. Thanks for sharing by the way.

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It really is a hidden gem. Hopefully tourism won't destroy it either but I think it'll be okay!

Thanks for sharing! The photos are really beautiful!!!

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Hi @seetheworld.sgp, natural scenes always attract me. I already followed you, and i am ready to explore this island with you through your posts. So waiting for the next good photography. Keep it up.

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Thanks so much and glad you love the content. Makes me happy to have you on here!

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I WANT TO GO THERE PLEASE.......

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You should go!!

Ive gone coron palawan and i enjoy swimming in cayangan lake many friendly palawinio will intertain i mis that place

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I'll miss it too for sure.

So beautiful, hope I can be there in some time.

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I hope you can too!

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I hope so too!

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Thank you for this, I’m in the Philippines and am making a list of worthwhile spots. Corona sounds and looks perfect and the hostel you stayed at sounds like quite a gem. Heading out there soon.

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Let me know how you get on when you do go!! Enjoy 😁

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hey @seetheworld.sgp... Philippines is definitely a great place to enjoy the nature at low cost.. can you tell me how to book hostels there ?

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Booking.com is the best bet! https://booking.com/s/192d7fde if you want £15 for free after you book too!

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thanks buddy.. keep the good work doing ..!!

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Will do. Thanks!

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Nice post! I have been to the Philippines 7 times now but never made it to Palawan. Somehow we always ended up somewhere else. I really have to stop by there the next time.

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Oo where did you go? 7 times damn, you guys seem to like it then! Hope you get to Palawan soon.

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We have been most of the time somewhere around Cebu and Bohol exploring some of the small islands there but also some places in Luzon.

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Ah perfect. Bohol is incredible. Kawasan and Oslob? Siquijor and Panglao? Truly hundreds of places to see in the Philippines and not enough time.

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I am stunned @seetheworld.sgp ! I really have to go here! How much did flights + accomidation toughly come to? I see you mentioned a few prices in your blog.

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Happy to help! I will make sure I post them in my next blog :) but flights from the UK were £370 return to Manila. And to Coron it was £120 return. But it can be booked cheaper! Accommodation was £10 per night!

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There is more fortune in books than in all the privateer's plunder on Treasure Island.

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Ohhhh wao what a wonderful places,Really dream places,Coron island is most wonderful island in the world,Very impressive natural beauty,Natural beauty always attracts the peoples,Wonderful tress,Amazing sea water,Attractive buildings,You are so enjoying your trip,Very nice photography,thanks for sharing this great post,

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Thanks for stopping by, absolutely loving it here so far!

I will go here when I get rich here in Steem.

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I like that you said when. It's gonna happen!

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These islands are like paradise; nice weather, great natural beauty. Great post dost(firend).

Newbie here, please support me by following. Have a nice day.😊😊

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They are like paradise indeed!

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Good island

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The best island

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awesome photos thanks

Awesome shots! Thanks for sharing.

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No problem!

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its looking so nice view quality also is very good please help me with upvote my post and with your comments so that i can learn from you

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thanks

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Glad you liked it man! I'll have a look when I get a spare moment 😊

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I wish I have been there

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You should go man!

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One day man! I'm sure you can.

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It's a beautiful sight of Philippines Island. Photography admirable because it has taken from the height of Hills.

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Actually it was taken from a drone :) but thanks, its truly a wondrous sight.

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Wow Just Stunning pictures, the island looks really beautiful.
Congratulations for awesome photography, I am really excited after seeing this pictures to experience the beauty of island.

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Thanks so much!

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Very beautiful photography 💓

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Thanks so much 😊😊❤️

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Beautiful landscapes that remind me of Morrocoy, Los Roques, Mochima, in Venezuela.

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Ooo will look it up when I'm back in the hostel! Thanks very much for the tip 😊

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Yeah, sure. Venezuela has incredible landscapes. You have to watch that

It is an excellent picture, you see everything so beautiful, a magnificent flora, a greeting. Maria

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So glad you loved it! Makes me happy 😊 thanks for stopping by!

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this is the amazing and master piece of nature.

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I want to enjoy there with my wife and son.

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Enjoy it when you go!

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It seems like you had great fun out there, those images are magnificent moreover that's great that your hostel provided such amazing facilities.

This is beyond amazing man, would love to set my feet on that shore. One day when im a minnow.

Check this post out @chekohler

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Hope you can go too.

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Looks amazing, gosh phillipines needs to be added to the travel bucket list for real. Coron life is my kinda life

beautiful pic.

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Thanks :)

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The Philippines - The Islands of Coron is the beauty queen pace. It is the dream place for all travelers.

Wow, what beautiful island

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It really is 😊

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The photo so beautyful .I love that !!!!!

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Glad you enjoyed!

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I upvoted your post.

Thank you.
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Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by.

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That place looks beautiful I would love to spend some time exploring the island a place away from the chaos in the world

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Too much chaos in the world, that's why I like escaping to places like these.

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@seetheworld.sgp
I always imagine me going to the places you take photographs of :)

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Aww that's grand, well that's my aim! Glad it's worked this time around. More to follow 😊

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